Education has continued to grow in stature and significance as an academic discipline. In addition to world renowned research studies the growth of education has been seen in the methodology and methods underpinning its research. The BERA/SAGE Handbook of Educational Research provides a cutting edge account of the research and methodology that is creating new understandings for education research, policy and practice. Over two volumes, the handbook addresses educational research in six essential components: Section 1: Understanding Research Section 2: Planning Research Section 3: Approaches to Research Section 4: Acquiring Data Section 5: Analysing Data Section 6: Reporting, Disseminating and Evaluating Research Featuring contributions from more than 50 of the biggest names in the international field, The BERA/SAGE Handbook of Educational Research represents a very significant contribution to the development of education.
Chapter 8: Research Questions in Education Research
Research Questions in Education Research
Questions are everywhere; all you have to do is observe and be curious. (Graziano and Raulin, 2004, p. 57)
Until relatively recently, research questions were the ‘elephant in the room’ of social research. Very little was written about them, either in textbooks aimed at students or in the wider methods literature. Few methods texts discussed them in any great depth; many popular textbooks did not even have the term ‘research question’ listed in their indexes. Even in 2016 there are only three textbooks on research questions in print, all published since 2003. Apart from a pamphlet published in 1987 (Lewis and Munn, 2004) and a ...